Entries by amcalpin

Staying Happy in Unhappy Times

Pulling from the empirically based insights covered in her course Applying the Science of Happiness to Life Design, Cassie Mogilner Holmes offers tips to stay a bit happier during these less-than-happy times. To read more, click here.

Mindfulness Meditation Activates Altruism

  Professors Akihiro Nishi and Michael Irwin published a paper entitled, Mindfulness Meditation Activates Altruism, regarding clinical evidence suggesting that mindfulness meditation reduces anxiety, depression, and stress, and improves emotion regulation due to modulation of activity in neural substrates linked to the regulation of emotions and social preferences. This article is open source and can […]

The Loss Of Public Goods To Big Tech

Safiya U. Noble is an associate professor at UCLA, co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and a faculty advisor to the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute. She is the author of “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.” In this article in Noēma magazine, Safiya discusses that what has not been questioned […]

Bedari Kindness Statement on Racial Justice

Statement on Racial Justice   We at the Bedari Kindness Institute mourn the death of George Floyd and express our deepest condolences to the Floyd family and all his relations. The Bedari Kindness Institute strongly and unequivocally condemns racist acts of violence and cruelty perpetrated against African Americans. George Floyd’s killing is the most recent […]

Los Angeles Times – New UCLA institute will study — and spread — kindness

Research by UCLA scientists already has shown that mindfulness and kindness actually alter the behavior of genes, turning down those that promote inflammation, which can lead to heart disease or certain cancers, and turning up the activity of genes that protect against infections. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-24/ucla-bedari-kindness-institute-launch